frame

[ freym ]
/ freɪm /

noun

verb (used with object), framed, fram·ing.

verb (used without object), framed, fram·ing.

Archaic. to betake oneself; resort.
Archaic. to prepare, attempt, give promise, or manage to do something.

Origin of frame

before 1000; 1910–15 for def 8; 1920–25 for def 25; (v.) Middle English framen to prepare (timber), Old English framian to avail, profit; cognate with Old Norse frama to further, Old High German (gi)framōn to do; (noun) Middle English, derivative of the v.

OTHER WORDS FROM frame

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Examples from the Web for frameless

  • A frameless print, representing the Trial of Queen Caroline, was pasted over the fireplace.

    Man and Wife|Wilkie Collins
  • I almost shuddered as I said to myself, 'What if there be lights glimmering from the frameless windows of the ruined chapel?

  • Babbitt's spectacles had huge, circular, frameless lenses of the very best glass; the ear-pieces were thin bars of gold.

    Babbitt|Sinclair Lewis

British Dictionary definitions for frameless (1 of 2)

Frame
/ (freɪm) /

noun

Janet . 1924–2004, and New Zealand writer: author of the novels Owls Do Cry (1957) and Faces in the Water (1961), the collection of verse The Pocket (1967), and volumes of autobiography including An Angel at My Table (1984), which was made into a film in 1990

British Dictionary definitions for frameless (2 of 2)

frame
/ (freɪm) /

noun

verb (mainly tr)

Derived forms of frame

framable or frameable, adjectiveframeless, adjectiveframer, noun

Word Origin for frame

Old English framiae to avail; related to Old Frisian framia to carry out, Old Norse frama
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Medical definitions for frameless

frame
[ frām ]

n.

Something composed of parts fitted and joined together.
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